|Title:||Professor and Chair of English|
|Background:||Chair, Department of English
Associate Professor of English
B.A., University of Western Ontario
M.A., University of Western Ontario
Ph.D., University of Toronto
|Office:||Aquinas, Room 234|
I have taught at Albertus since 2003, and enjoy introducing students to new writers and new ways of approaching literature. One of the great things about teaching at a small college is having the opportunity to teach a variety of courses, from freshman writing to medieval literature to Victorian novels.
My research interests have focused mainly on modern poetry, particularly on how poets employ the past for aesthetic and political ends. In my book Making the Past Present: David Jones, the Middle Ages, and Modernism (2007), I examine how and why Jones turns to medieval culture in his poetry and criticism, analyzing an important dimension of his work that has also been a source of critical controversy. My second book-length project, Between Identities, explores the relationship between modernism and questions of national identity in Britain and Ireland. The writers discussed include W.B. Yeats, Hugh MacDiarmid, James Joyce, and Louis MacNeice.
My poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Agenda, and other journals in the United States and Britain. I am currently putting together a first collection.
Publications I: Book
Making the Past Present: David Jones, the Middle Ages, and Modernism. Washington, D.C.:
The Catholic University of America Press, 2007.
Publications II: Articles and Reviews
“T.S. Eliot™s Christian Sociology and the Problem of Nationalism.” (accepted for a collection of
essays, T.S. Eliot and Belief, ed. Ben Lockerd, Grand Valley State University.)
“Hugh MacDiarmid: To Circumjack Cencrastus.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 17 September
Review of Patricia E. Chu, Race, Nationalism and the State in British and American Modernism.
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) for Time Present: The Newsletter of the
T. S. Eliot Society. No. 68. Summer 2009. 5-6.
“MacDiarmid and Muir: Scottish Modernism and the Nation as Anthropological Site.” The
Journal of Modern Literature. Vol. 28, No. 4. Summer, 2005. 135-51.
“Joyce, Vico, and National Narrative.” The James Joyce Quarterly. Vol. 41, No. 2. Fall
2003/Winter 2004. 85-96.
“David Jones, Christopher Dawson, and the Meaning of History.” Logos: A Journal of Catholic
Thought and Culture. Vol. 6, No.3. 2003. 68-85.
“Gothic Architecture in the Poetry of David Jones and Geoffrey Hill.” Mosaic: a Journal for the
Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. Vol. 35, No. 5. Winter 2002. 181-197.
“Pierre Reverdy.” Modern French Poets: Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 258. Ed. Jean-
FranÃ§ois Leroux, University of Ottawa. Farmington Hills: Gale, 2002. 366-73.
“˜It is our duty to sing™: Y Gododdin and David Jones™s In Parenthesis.” Welsh Writing in
English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays. Vol. 7. 2001-2. 1-15.
“The Undoing of All Things: Malorian Language and Allusion in David Jones™s In Parenthesis.”
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature. Vol. 53, No. 2. Winter 2001. 149-165.
“˜To Heir Quhat I Sould Wryte™: The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy and Scots Oral Culture.”
Scottish Literary Journal. Vol. 25, No. 2. November, 1998. 9-16.
Publications III: Poems
“Domestic.” Brittle Star. No. 25. Spring, 2010. 30.
“The Spear.” Agenda. Welsh Issue. Vol. 44. Nos. 2-3. 2009. 47-8.
“Fence Painting.” Breakwater. 2007. 63.
“At PentagoÃ«t.” The Hudson Review. New Writers Issue. Vol. 58, No. 1. Spring, 2005. 65-67.
“Reunion.”; “Drumossie Moor.”; “Titus Andronicus.” Breakwater. 2004. 79-80.
“Wine Land.” Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine. Vol. 1, No. 1. 2003. 38-40.